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    Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia’ Show Officially Cancelled by Live Nation

    Live Nation Middle East has released a statement confirming that Travis Scott’s most looked forward to concert at Egypt’s iconic Pyramids of Giza has now officially been cancelled.

    The show was set to take place on the 28th of July and was meant to serve as the debut performance for Scott’s fourth album, Utopia. The announcement expressed deep regret and cited complex production issues that hindered the realization of the UTOPIA show in the desert setting.

    There are concerns that have been raised by the Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professionals about with ‘peculiar rituals’ and stated that the Travis Scott concert contradicted Egyptian traditions. However, Live Nation is pointing the blame for the cancelation on complex production issues.

    The statement reads, “We regret to inform you that the UTOPIA show, originally scheduled for July 28th at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, is cancelled. Unfortunately, despite our highest efforts, complex production issues meant that the show could not be constructed in the desert. We understand that this news is disappointing and not the outcome any of us desired.”

    Disputing this, Live Nation told Pitchfork: “There have been no changes to Travis Scott’s show in Egypt; any reports to the contrary are false. We can’t wait to celebrate ‘Utopia’ with you in Egypt!”

    The statement went on to read: “As an integral part of our cherished nation, the General Syndicate is committed to its stability and security and refuses to compromise societal values, as well as Egyptian and Arab customs and traditions.”

    The Syndicate previously granted permits to foreign artists to perform at the pyramids,, but this time around it has stressed that such performances must not undermine Egypt’s ancestral customs and traditions.

    The musicians’ union, which rarely opposes such events, has long been engaged in a campaign against Egyptian urban music, particularly rap. To top it all off, right now Egypt is engaged in a battle against what it denounces as a “reinterpretation” of its history, particularly in relation to African-American movements claiming affiliation with the Pharaohs.

    Fans who were excited and looking forward to the event will be issued refunds at their respective point of purchase. Live Nation expressed apologies for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation.

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